Volume 1 Author Bios

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Ann E. Austin

Ann E. Austin is a Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University, where she also serves as Director of the Global Institute for Higher Education. Her scholarly interests focus on faculty careers, roles, and professional development, work and workplaces in academe, organizational change and transformation in universities and colleges, reform in doctoral education, and the improvement of teaching and learning in higher education. She also is Co-Principal Investigator of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a National Science Foundation Center focused on improving the preparation of future faculty in science, engineering, and mathematics. She was a Fulbright Fellow in South Africa (1998) and the 2001–02 President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Her recent publications include Rethinking Faculty Work: Higher Education’s Strategic Imperative (authored with J. Gappa and A. Trice, 2007), and Paths to the Professoriate: Strategies for Enriching the Preparation of Future Faculty (co-edited with D. Wulff), as well as work on doctoral education and higher education issues in developing countries.

Ernst Benjamin

Ernst Benjamin is a senior consultant to the AAUP and a consultant member of the AAUP Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. Prior to his retirement he served AAUP twice as General Secretary (2006–08 and 1984– 94) and as Director of Research (1995–2001). Benjamin taught at Wayne State University from 1965 to 1984 where he was AAUP chapter chief negotiator, chapter president 1975–79, and a director and dean (1981–84). He was chair of the national AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress (1976–80) and a member of the AAUP National Council. His publications include ” Academic Freedom: An Everyday Concern” (with Don Wagner), 1994; and Exploring the Role of Contingent Instructional Staff in Undergraduate Learning, 2004; and Academic Collective Bargaining (ed. with Michael Mauer), 2006.

Jan H. Blits

Jan H. Blits is professor, University Honors Faculty, at the University of Delaware. He, along with Linda Gottfredson, received FIRE’s first Prometheus Award for “uncovering and challenging the repressive residence life program at the University of Delaware.” His most recent book is New Heaven, New Earth: Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” (Lexington Books, 2009).

Nancy D. Campbell

Nancy D. Campbell, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a historian of science and policy who specializes in the history of drug addiction research, treatment, and policy in the 20th century United States. Her most recent books were Discovering Addiction: The Science and Politics of Substance Abuse Research (2007) and, with co-authors JP Olsen and Luke Walden, The Narcotic Farm: The Rise and Fall of America’s First Prison for Drug Addicts (2008). She was elected Recording Secretary of the Rensselaer Faculty Senate in April 2007.

Dan Colson

Dan Colson is a PhD candidate in the English Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He studies American anarchism and anti- democratic literature from the first half of the twentieth century.

Ashley Dawson

Ashley Dawson is associate professor of English at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center and at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. He is the author of Mongrel Nation: Diasporic Culture and the Making of Postcolonial Britain (Michigan, 2007) and co-editor of three essay collections: Democracy, the State, and the Struggle for Global Justice (Routledge, 2009); Dangerous Professors: Academic Freedom and the National Security Campus (Michigan, 2009); and Exceptional State: Contemporary U.S. Culture and the New Imperialism (Duke, 2007). He is also a member of the Social Text editorial collective. He blogs at ashleyjdawson.com

Phillip Deery

Phillip Deery teaches American history and Cold War history at Victoria University, Melbourne. In 2009 he was awarded a fellowship at the Frederic Ewen Academic Freedom Center at New York University, where he conducted research for this article. He has published widely on the early Cold War and is currently completing a co-authored book on Cold War espionage to be published in 2010.

John M. Elmore

John Elmore’s principal specialization is in the areas of critical pedagogy and social justice issues in education and he primarily teaches in the foundations of education courses. While originally from Kansas, Dr. Elmore spent five years as Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Medaille College in Buffalo, NY before joining the faculty at West Chester University. He has investigated and written on the corporate model of higher education and is currently completing a manuscript that investigates the impact of employing authoritarian education in a democratic society. Dr. Elmore holds a BA degree in history education (1995) and a BS degree in psychology (1996) from Kansas Wesleyan University, a MS degree in secondary education (1997), a graduate certificate in women’s studies (1999), and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (2000) from Kansas State University.

Robert P. Engvall

Robert Engvall is a professor of justice studies at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. He holds PhD and JD degrees from the University of Iowa, and a BA from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. His research interests focus upon various marginalization, professionalization, and social justice issues within higher education. He has written four books and numerous articles and book chapters on similar topics. His most recent book, The Corporatization of Higher Education, will be published by Hampton Press in late 2009 or early 2010.

Judith M. Gappa

Judith M. Gappa has spent her career as an university administrator and faculty member. She is currently Professor Emerita at Purdue University. She served as Director of Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity at Utah State University (1975–80); Associate Academic Vice President for Faculty at San Francisco State University (1980–91); and Vice President for Human Relations at Purdue University (1991–98). From 1998 to 2006 she was Professor of Higher Education Administration in the Department of Educational Studies at Purdue University. Her research and publications have covered equity and faculty employment issues in higher education. She has co-authored two books: The Invisible Faculty (1993) with David Leslie, and Rethinking Faculty Work: Higher Education’s Strategic Imperative (2007) with Ann Austin and Andrea Trice.

Libby Garland

Libby Garland is Assistant Professor of History at Kingsborough Community College, the City University of New York.

Larry G. Gerber

Larry G. Gerber, Professor Emeritus of History, Auburn University, is now serving for a second time as chair of the AAUP Committee on College and University Governance. He also previously served three terms as First Vice President of the AAUP. He is the author of two books, The Limits of Liberalism and The Irony of State Intervention and numerous articles on twentieth century United States policy history and college and university governance. Gerber obtained his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and taught for the University of Maryland, University of Arizona, and Brown University before going to Auburn. He has also been a visiting professor at Lakehead University in Canada and the Universities of Helsinki and Joensuu in Finland.

Jean Gregorek

Jean Gregorek is currently a Morgan Fellow at the newly-independent Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio and is working towards the College’s re-opening in the fall of 2011. Jean was an Associate Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies at Antioch College, where she taught for fourteen years. When the College was closed she became one of the many founders of the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute. She can be reached at jean. gregorek@gmail.com.

Jane F. Koretz

Jane F. Koretz is a Professor in the Department of Biology, and the Biochemistry and Biophysics Program. She received her PhD in Biophysics from the University of Chicago, and was a MDAA Post-Doctoral Fellow at the MRC Biophysics Unit, King’s College, London, before joining the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has been awarded a Fulbright to the University of Oxford and a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from NIH for her work on the human focusing process and the development of presbyopia. She was a member of the Palazzo/Kagan Committee, and is active in the New York State AAUP conference as a member of the state Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure and co- chair of Committee T on Governance.

Cary Nelson

Cary Nelson was elected the 49th president of the AAUP in 2006 and reelected in 2008. He is Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His most recent book is No University Is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom (New York University Press, 2010). Last year SUNY Press published Cary Nelson and The Struggle for the University: Poetry, Politics, and the Profession, with twenty contributors discussing his career and its impact.

Ellen Schrecker

Ellen Schrecker is a professor of history at Yeshiva University and has written extensively on McCarthyism and academic freedom; among her publications are Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America (1998) and No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism and the Universities (1986). The former editor of Academe, the magazine of the American Association of University Professors, her most recent book, The Lost Soul of Higher Education: Academic Freedom, Corporatization, and the Assault on the University will appear in the summer of 2010.

Eben Wood

Eben Wood holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Currently a fellow in Non-fiction Literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts, he teaches literature, creative writing, and composition at Kingsborough Community College, The City University of New York. He also serves on the Committee on Academic Freedom, the University Faculty Senate, CUNY.